Capacity Building & Education

UN-REDD Releases Workshop Report on REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

11 December 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released the report of the workshop titled "REDD+ Beyond Carbon: Safeguards and Multiple Benefits."

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GLISPA Spotlight Features "Island Bright Spots" and "Island Life" Events [viewed]

GLIPSA10 December 2012: The latest issue of the Global Island Partnership's (GLISPA) "Event Spotlight" features two events that took place on 16 October 2012 in Hyderabad, India, on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The events are: “Island Bright Spots: Exchanging Innovations and Successes;” and "Island Life: Celebrating Leadership and Commitment to Action."

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Features West African Workshop on Capacity Building [viewed]

30 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the November 2012 edition of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #10), featuring: a Sustainable Seas workshop held for West Africa; a map of Australia's marine reserve network; recent and upcoming marine-related events; and GRID-Arendal's contribution to a book on environmental security in the Arctic Ocean.

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African Workshop Addresses Integration of CMS, CITES Objectives into NBSAPs [viewed]

UNEP7 December 2012: A regional workshop for Africa focused on integrating the objectives of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) into national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

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Portugal Designates Lake and River as New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Portugal has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that country's total to 30 Ramsar Sites.

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Event: European Forest Week 2013 [viewed]

This week will be celebrated under the theme 'The role of forests and forest products in a Green Economy' and will focus on the contribution of forests to the green economy. The main celebrations will be centred on Metsä 2013, the joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission. Additional events will be held throughout Europe.  

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UNEP-WCMC Publishes Annual Report [viewed]

December 2012: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has published its 2011 Annual Report. It highlights a growing number of partnerships with a range of biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the Rio Conventions.

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World Bank Provides Update on Indigenous Community Climate Change Planning Project [viewed]

World Bank29 November 2012: The World Bank has provided an update of a Bank-supported project in Colombia that assists indigenous communities in the Putumayo Department plan for adaptation to climate change. The project won a small grant in 2009 during the Bank's annual "Development Marketplace" competition.

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Second Committee Approves Resolutions on UNCCD, International Day of Forests [viewed]

30 November 2012: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) approved draft resolutions on “Implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa” ( A/C.2/67/L.49)  and on the “International Day of Forests” (A/C.2/67/L.46).

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Micronesia Challenge Spotlights Work During 2012 [viewed]

3 December 2012: The December 2012 issue of the Micronesia Challenge Newsletter, published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, provides a round-up of the key developments in each of the 11 prior monthly issues of the newsletter.

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